Re: Jazz walking on electric

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Posted by Mickster on January 04, 2001 at 16:37:22:

In Reply to: Re: Jazz walking on electric posted by jd on January 04, 2001 at 09:20:12:

: : :Hey Mickster,

: : Yeah I'd love to hear your thoughts on the Jack Casady bass when you get it.

: : I've always been interested in hollow-bodied basses probably because they

: : just look soooo cool! I remember trying out an orange Gretsch something

: : and it sounded amazing but really not at all what I was looking for at the time.

: : Been listening to alot of Jamerson lately and thinking about the '62

: : Reissues, know anything about 'em? Monk Montgomery really got me going though for electric walking, not too fancy just excellent time and tone, playing with his thumb must have alot to do with it. Speaking of Carvins, I have a Bunny Brunel CD from a year back, forget the name right now but his fretless tone is pretty cool. As far as fretless tone though I really love Victor Wootens Compito 5 on the Yin Yang cd and also the sound of fretless Musicman's like Levin and Palladino and Klein. What are some of your favorites? Talk to you soon.

: : jd

: oops! i forgot! of course i love jacos tone but i'd rather stay away from that...

Hey jd.I still haven't gotten the Casady yet, but, I tracked the order, and
it's in New Jersey; I'm in N.Y. so hopefully any day now.When I get it, I'll
post a lengthy report here, you can be sure of that.There aren't many basses
I've heard that I didn't like, but, I've always liked the sound of an electric
that sounds close to an upright.I've heard a few Ovation acoustic/electrics
live, and on T.V. and I was thinking of getting one of them, but, I saw the
Casady at an unheard of price ($449.00- No case or gig bag but who cares?) and
had to jump on it.As for Monk's style, I agree with you.Nothing unbelievable
but very tasty.Guys like him didn't worry about pickups and woods; the electric
bass was brand new then.They just had a ton of talent.Being an upright player
first had a lot to do with it too.As far as who I like---O.K. I'll mention
some names; you'll know most of them. Will Lee-from David Letterman's band.
Everyone will agree he's a dynamite player, but, if you want to hear him do
some really cool walking, try to get a hold of Phoebe Snow's album "Second
Childhood".There are two tracks on there "No regrets" and "There's a boat
that's leaving soon for New York" (from Porgy and Bess) Man! You have to hear
it! On No regrets he plays I believe an Ernie Ball Ertawood bass, and it's
just so fliud.On Boat to N.Y. I don't know what's better; His playing or the
actual recording---so lifelike! At the end he jams with a flute and electric
piano(with a horn section)and it's just heaven.Another favorite of mine is
Abraham Laboriel.He was a pretty big pop/jazz studio man from the 80s.He played
on some Al Jureau albums along with a lot of other solo jazz artists.Stanley
Clarke was my idol for a long time.He could do anything.A lot of people thought
his style was too much based on theory and not enough feeling, but I dug it.
For about the past ten years I've been really into Ron Carter.To me, he plays
exactly what any song needs.He walks when it's appropriate, or just whispers
a harmonic.Whatever it takes.There are so many other players I like, but, they're studio guys, and will probably never become famous.

As far as reissues go, I haven't played any, but, from what I've read, they're
made as closely as possible to the original specs.If you buy a '62
Jazz bass reissue, you're basically getting a 1962 Jazz bass that was made
about three months earlier.They're also a little pricey.It all comes down to
what you really want, and, the dreaded cash situation.The two bass CDs I bought
from Carvin are pretty good.They're both by Ed Friedland.One is just called
Jazz Bass, and, the other is Expanding Walking Bass Lines.I highly recommend
them both just for the ideas they present.Speaking of which, Ed Friedland is
an excellent walking player too.You've got to hear the CDs.Part bass lesson,
part Jazz CD.My favorite styles of Jazz are pretty much 50/50 Swing/Brazilian.
I don't want to rush into it, but, I may have the frets taken off the Casady
after I have it a while.Can't wait for the Casady!It's been good talking to
a fellow "Walker".One day soon I'm going to be daring and get an upright.
Then I can go to the acoustic page and complain with the other guys about
how much a set of strings goes for, or that my bass won't fit in a taxi!
Stay in touch.Talk to you soon.



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